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by Sir Steuart Wilson
From medieval times conventions affecting performance have developed especially in vocal music, often involving the alteration of notes as written. Sir Steuart Wilson deals with one of the most important of these and traces its history with examples from Bach to Beethoven and Mendelssohn.


Unknown: Sir Steuart Wilson
Unknown: Sir Steuart Wilson


William Pleeth (cello) Margaret Good (piano)


Cello: William Pleeth


A personal reassessment by Patric Dickinson
The first of two programmes in which Mr. Dickinson reviews appraisals of the poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson made since his death and estimates its significance to present-day readers. Narrator, Patric Dickinson
The extracts from Tennyson read by Carleton Hobbs Others taking part
Eric Anderson , Felix Felton
Denis Goacher , Godfrey Kenton David March, Norman Shelley
David Spenser , Geoffrey Wincott Production by Joe Burroughs
: second broadcast


Unknown: Patric Dickinson
Unknown: Alfred Lord Tennyson
Narrator: Patric Dickinson
Read By: Carleton Hobbs
Unknown: Eric Anderson
Unknown: Felix Felton
Unknown: Denis Goacher
Unknown: Godfrey Kenton
Unknown: Norman Shelley
Unknown: David Spenser
Unknown: Geoffrey Wincott
Production By: Joe Burroughs


St. Cecilia Mass
Kyrie; Gloria; Credo; Sanctus Benedictus; Agnus Dei
Jennifer Vyvyan (soprano) Janet Baker (contralto) Gerald English (tenor)
Trevor Anthony (bass-baritone)
Alan Harverson (organ continuo)
Geraint Jones Singers and Orchestra
Leader, Winifred Roberts
Conductor, Geraint Jones
From St. Gabriel's Church. Cricklewood, London


Unknown: Agnus Dei
Soprano: Jennifer Vyvyan
Contralto: Janet Baker
Bass-Baritone: Trevor Anthony
Bass-Baritone: Alan Harverson
Singers: Geraint Jones
Leader: Winifred Roberts
Conductor: Geraint Jones


by Margery Perham
Fellow of Nuffield College. Oxford
Nigeria has been called ' the giant with a delicate constitution.' Will independence, and the severe problems that face all African leaders today, strengthen or strain Nigeria's new nationhood and the balances so laboriously built into its federal structure? Miss Perham, who has just returned from the latest of many visits, assesses the strength and the weakness of the giant, and the part it may play in Africa's future.


of the Southern States
A series of four programmes compiled and narrated by Alan Lomax
In this the third of four programmes based on field recordings made during a tour of the Southern States in the autumn of 1959, Alan Lomax investigates the nature of the Negro spiritual in the Mississippi Delta today, and explores its roots and its modern forms in the Georgia Sea islands and along the east coast.
In his last programme, on October
22, Alan Lomax illustrates the development of the blues in the Mississippi Valley.
Produced by Douglas Cleverdon


Unknown: Alan Lomax
Unknown: Alan Lomax
Unknown: Alan Lomax
Produced By: Douglas Cleverdon


Concertino (1925) played by Rudolf Firkusny (piano) David Madison (violin) Samuel Lifschey (viola) and members of the Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet Anthony Gigliotti (clarinet) Sol Schoenberg (bassoon) Mason Jones (horn) on a gramophone record


Piano: Rudolf Firkusny
Violin: David Madison
Viola: Samuel Lifschey
Clarinet: Anthony Gigliotti
Bassoon: Sol Schoenberg
Horn: Mason Jones


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